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Richard Francis Dennis Barry, also known as Rick Barry, is a retired NBA player who was born on March 28, 1944. He has played at NCAA, American Basketball Association (ABA), and National Basketball Association (NBA) levels. Barry is regarded as one of the best all-around players and top scorers in history. He holds the record for the most points scored in an NBA Finals game, averaging 36.3 points per contest, while ranking first all-time in the ABA in both the regular season (30.5 points per game) and postseason (33.5 points). Barry is the sole player in either league to score 50 points in Game 7 of the playoffs. Barry has a distinctive underhand free throw method that is well-known.

Personal Life

Baseball was Barry's favorite sport growing up in Roselle Park, New Jersey. He was a child admirer of Willie Mays, a local New York Giants player. Barry is the parent of present professional player Canyon Barry, as well as former professional basketball players Brent Barry, Jon Barry, Drew Barry, and Scooter Barry. At the College of William & Mary, his wife, Lynn Norenberg Barry, was a standout basketball player.

High school life and career

Barry attended Roselle Park High School, where he also played sports. He was an excellent player from the beginning. He was passionate about basketball in high school and was creating a future for himself.

College Career

Barry went to the University of Miami, where he was a member of the College basketball team. Barry led the NCAA as a senior with 37.4 points per game average in the 1964–1965 season. His excellence in the team helped him to get drafted into the NBA.

Professional career

San Francisco Warriors

The San Francisco Warriors selected Barry with the second pick in the 1965 NBA Draft. The Warriors went from 17 to 35 victories in Barry's first season with them in the NBA. Longtime San Francisco Bay Area announcer Bill King gave Barry the nickname 'Miami Greyhound' due to his long and slender physical frame, agility, and extraordinary reflexes. Barry earned the NBA Rookie of the Year Award for the 1965–1966 season after averaging 25.7 points and 10.6 rebounds per game. During one of his games, he was severely injured, that affected his career. Barry averaged 40.8 points per game in the series, an NBA Finals record that lasted for three decades, despite having a damaged left knee that needed cortisone shots on match days.

Oakland Oaks(ABA)

He recorded a league-high 34.0 points per game in his ABA debut, and the Oaks became the first West Coast team to win a league title in the history of professional basketball. In the regular season, Barry also led the league in free-throw percentage, a record he would accomplish again in the 1970–71 and 1971–72 seasons.

Washington Caps

Barry participated with the ABA's Washington Caps during the 1969–1970 season which brought many controversies. He missed the first 32 games of the team's Western Division season before he joined. The Caps still managed to finish third in the Western Division with a solid 44-40 record. Due to a knee injury, Barry only played in 52 games, but he still finished the season with 1,442 points (27.7 points per game), which was second-best in the league.

New York Nets

He only participated in 59 games in the 1970–71 season due to his knee injury, but he was nonetheless selected to the ABA All-Star team. He was named an ABA All-Star once again in the 1971–1972 season. He led the league in scoring in 1970–71 with 29.4 points per game and again in 1971–72 with 31.5 points per game. He continued to lead the ABA in free throw percentage in both of those years, just as he had in 1968–1969. Barry also set a record for the ABA by making 23 straight free throws in a single game.

Golden State Warriors

Barry changed his style of play after joining the Warriors and the NBA again, becoming the first "point forward" in league history. Although he didn't play offensive as much as he once did, on March 26, 1974, he had a career-high 64 points and 10 rebounds in a 143-120 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Barry’s accomplishments also earned him the title of NBA Finals Most Valuable Player.

Houston Rockets

Barry played for the Houston Rockets until the end of his NBA career in 1979–1980. Barry concluded the season with a career-high 502 assists, making him the first true small forward to do so in a single year.

After his retirement, he coached Cedar Rapids Sharpshooters of the Global Basketball Association and the Continental Basketball Association. Barry was one of the first NBA players to successfully crossover from basketball to television. Due to contractual issues keeping him off the court, he started broadcasting during the 1967–68 season when he started covering Oakland Oaks games. Barry is still working in the industry. His career started with his radio show in San Francisco, followed by work for TBS and CBS when he was still a professional athlete.

Career Highlights

Highest point: He had a career-high 64 points where he had a victory over the Portland Trail Blazers while a member of the Golden State Warriors.

Highest Free Throw Barry had his highest free throw of 1.000 when he was a member of the Houston Rockets.

Highest Assist When he was a member of the Houston Rockets, he achieved 502 assists before he retired.

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Personal Information
BornMarch 28, 1944 (age 78)Elizabeth, New Jersey, US
Nationality American
Listed height 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m)
Listed weight 205 lb (93 kg)

Career Information
High schoolRoselle Park, New Jersey
College University of Miami,Florida (1962–1965)
NBA draft 1965 / Round: 1 / Pick: 2nd overall by the San Francisco Warriors
Playing Career 1965–1980
Position Small forward
Number 24, 2, 4

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